Weekly Newsletter – February 12, 2021

February 12, 2021 / 30 Shevat 5781

Shabbat Begins: 5:10 p.m.  Shabbat Ends: 6:19 p.m.  
Parsha: Mishpatim: Exodus 21:1 – 24:18
STUDENTS AS TEACHERS
The Social Studies 9 students have been studying the French Revolution for several weeks. Their learning culminated this week with groups of students presenting to their peers on a variety of topics surrounding the issues and events of the French Revolution. The presentations were shared in a “gallery walk” format, with projects spread throughout the Learning Lab and groups stopping at each exhibit to learn about the topic. Students had to think creatively and work collaboratively when preparing their presentations and utilized a variety of designs for their projects. They all did an excellent job, particularly when it came to thoroughly answering questions from their peers.
LESSONS FROM THE HOLOCAUST
On Wednesday, the Grade 12 Holocaust Studies class had the pleasure of listening to a presentation by Dr. Chris Friedrichs, professor emeritus of history at UBC. Dr. Friedrichs shared a story of the German boy, Walter Schreiber, and his experiences as a young German soldier during the Holocaust. We learned about how artifacts of Walter’s life were provided to the Frankfurt Museum, and an exhibit was then curated. During the presentation, we were shown photos of Walter throughout his life and were given an explanation of his family life alongside his experience as a Nazi. It was interesting to hear how Walter was heavily influenced by Nazism due to his father’s strong beliefs, and not his own personal opinions. Dr. Friedrichs also compared Walter’s life to Anne Frank’s by outlining some parallels of the two German citizen’s experiences growing up. We are so appreciative of the interesting and detailed presentation. Thank you, Dr. Friedrichs!

~ Sophie Fishman
Dr. Chris Friedrichs
FUN WITH SCIENCE
Caramel Through Chemistry
Front Row: Zoe Cooper and Maayan Greif Back Row: Yael Guralnick and Danielle Kimel

Mr. Mymko’s Science 8 Accelerated students finished their Chemistry unit by testing the different properties of ionic and covalent compounds. A pinch of salt here, a sprinkle of sugar there, and they had some sweet smells of freshly made caramel!
Researching Infectious Diseases
Adi Gortler, Eitan Nurick, and Miya Markovich with their presentations

In Mr. Mymko’s Life Sciences 11 class, students created poster presentations about the different infectious diseases that have plagued humanity throughout history. A timely topic for our students!
Yasher Koach Jordan, Shira, Lis, and Izzy!
Jordan Boroditsky, Class of 2017
Jordan is a Kinesiology student at the University of Western Ontario and heads the Health and Wellness portfolio for the Kinesiology faculty. Active on the Kinesiology Student Association (KSA) he has developed a Mental Health Talks event featuring former National Hockey League Player, Kevin Bieksa. The talk is open to everyone.

When: March 9, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. PST

Shira Charach, Class of 2019
Shira is a second-year Kinesiology student at McGill University and is passionate about health. Her interests include nutrition, fitness, and wellness! 

An article she wrote was recently published on the Orbit website.

Click here to read: Soy Myth Debunked: A Healthy Source Of Protein
Lis Grinfeld, Class of 2017
Lis is a D1 student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry and Co-founder of Diversity in Dentistry. She completed her Bachelor of Science at York University. Her research passions include access to dentistry for disadvantaged groups and the impact of our environment on oral health.

Lis recently had an article published on the CDA website.

Click here to read: The Impact of COVID-19 on Access to Oral Care for Black Canadians
Izzy Khalifa, Class of 2016
Izzy is a Wesbrook Scholar and a Master’s Student at UBC Sauder School of Business.

Her passion and skill for basketball led to her being a Co-Founder of Future Bounce Basketball, Vancouver’s first female-run, female-focused, subsidized basketball program, coached by the women of today to empower the women of tomorrow.
We love to “kleib nachas” and share the successes and happy milestones of our alumni. Please remember to share them with us!
Shabbat Shalom!
COMMUNITY EVENTS
A Night of Laughter
with VTT

Thursday, February 18
7:30 p.m.


Brain Circle for Young Minds
from Hebrew University

Sunday, February 21
7:00 p.m. Israel time (9:00 a.m. PST)

32nd Annual Jewish
Film Festival

March 4 – March 14, 2021

Maccabi 2022
Looking for Softball Players

Tryouts Summer 2021

Click on image for more information
Young Adult Singles Survey
from Axis Vancouver


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